Two American submarines arrived on the River Clyde in Scotland this week on routine visits, marking a significant increase in allied submarine activity.
It’s not rare for American submarines to visit but this level of activity is rare. It’s rarer still for the visits to be publicised but that didn’t stop the U.S. Navy issuing a press release for the arrival of the USS Rhode Island, the first American Trident missile carrying submarine to visit Faslane since 2019, at the start of last month.
Then on the 6th of July.
— Sheila Weir (@SheilaLWeir) July 6, 2022
The 12th of July.
Another wet, murky morning. First time I’ve heard a passing submarine blow its horn. US Virginia class submarine inbound on the Clyde today 🇺🇸 @usnavy @royalnavy #faslane #virginiaclass #submarine #submariners #navy #naval #military #shipping pic.twitter.com/YMsazpolr6
— Sheila Weir (@SheilaLWeir) July 12, 2022
On the 25th of July, another submarine arrived.
… and out again a couple of hours later pic.twitter.com/rxEqjkauSQ
— Sheila Weir (@SheilaLWeir) July 25, 2022
On the 3rd of August.
— Sheila Weir (@SheilaLWeir) August 3, 2022
On the 4th of August.
— Sheila Weir (@SheilaLWeir) August 4, 2022
Of course there have been more visits but these are only the ones that the public are aware of due to the time of their arrivals in broad daylight.
Earlier in the year, nuclear submarines from three countries were berthed in HMNB Clyde at Faslane near Glasgow in Scotland.
The American submarine was of the Virginia class and the French submarine was of the Rubis class.
HM Naval Base Clyde – commonly known throughout the Navy as Faslane – is the Royal Navy’s main presence in Scotland. It is home to the core of the Submarine Service, including the nation’s nuclear deterrent, and the new generation of hunter-killer submarines.
The base is home to Trident nuclear missile-carrying Vanguard-class nuclear submarines in addition to Astute-class attack submarines and a number of smaller, conventional surface vessels.
The Royal Naval Armaments Depot at Coulport, 8 miles from Faslane, is responsible for the storage, processing, maintenance and issue of key elements of the UK’s Trident Deterrent Missile System and the ammunitioning of all submarine embarked weapons.